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Key Worker Couple Who Won Huge Lotto Jackpot Claim Prize Won't Change Them

Tom Wood

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Key Worker Couple Who Won Huge Lotto Jackpot Claim Prize Won't Change Them

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A pair of key workers have spoken of their joy after scooping a gigantic jackpot of more than £5 million on the National Lottery.

West Lothian residents Paul and Louise Drake, who are both 47, managed to guess the numbers correctly on July 27, and walked away with a whopping £5,162,779 in the process.

Mr Drake was just about to leave the house to head off to work first thing in the morning when he realised that he hadn't checked his numbers.

When he did, the Lidl production operator burst into tears and ran to tell his wife.

Drake was about to take two of his colleagues off to work as part of their car share, but says he had a 'niggling feeling' that he should just check his numbers before setting off.

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Credit: PA

Once he realised that he'd struck it big, he was overcome with emotion.

He said: "I'm not an emotional guy but I just burst into tears.

"I ran back into the house screaming and woke Louise up to tell her. We just couldn't believe it."

The Scottish couple, who live near Bathgate, have two sons together aged 11 and 15.

Mrs Drake, who works as a district nurse, said: "I got such a fright thinking something was wrong, but he was shouting something about winning the lottery.

"At first I thought it was £5,000 and tried to go back to sleep. But obviously that didn't happen."

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Credit: PA

Drake learned of the windfall at about 4:30am, but still dutifully headed off with his colleagues who needed to get to work.

Understandably, once he arrived he told them that he wouldn't be working that day.

Well, you wouldn't, would you?

Paul explained: "The guys who I drove to work knew something was up and that I was acting strangely, so it wasn't long before people guessed.

"Our friends, family and colleagues are over the moon for us, they're really chuffed, which is great."

The pair insist that the money won't change 'who we are' but admitted that it will 'change our lives dramatically from a financial perspective'.

The keen golfer said: "I'll still chase a bargain and I definitely won't be paying £6.50 for a bacon roll at the golf club."

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Credit: PA

There will be luxuries though, Paul is already eyeing up a Porsche and a Range Rover, and they're thinking of going to New York and Florida, whenever that's allowed once again.

Oh, and they'll be clearing their mortgage, too.

To make matters even more coincidental, this win didn't even come from the usual numbers, but three lucky dip tickets bought at the last minute from a local shop.

He said: "Normally I am quite organised with my playing but on this occasion I must've been rushing about too much, probably taking one of the kids to an activity."

Topics: National Lottery, UK News, Money, Scotland

Tom Wood
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